• 2018 Audi SQ5: A Practical Speedster [Review]

    2018 Audi SQ5
    The 2018 Audi SQ5 rewards fast drivers. [photo: Audi USA]

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    TFLcar’s Roman Mica tested the new 2018 Audi SQ5 in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. What’s the SQ5? It’s the high-performance version of the German automaker’s best-selling compact crossover, the Q5.

    Did they deliver? It did on paper at least. A 3-liter, turbo V6 packs 354 hp and 369 lb-ft. of head-snapping torque. An 8-speed automatic manages all that juice, and Audi claims a 0-60 mph time of 5.1 seconds. As Roman shows, you can feel — and hear — that acceleration. The SQ5 comes with a sensuous and distinctive exhaust note that Roman could not listen to enough.

    Twenty-one inch wheels keep the SQ5 planted on the road. An optional air-suspension can jack the vehicle up for light soft-roading or slam it down for high-speed autobahn travel. The tech show continues inside as well. A customizable dash screen lets drivers see Google Earth mapping on their dash, not just the center stack touchscreen.

    All that performance equals EPA mpg numbers that rate a meh, 21 mpg combined. Sticker price starts at $54,000. The tricked out crossover Roman tested, complete with adjustable air suspension, leather, 21-inch wheels, etc. totaled $65,800.

    Check out all these features and Roman’s impromptu 0-60 test in the video below. (OK, he had to do a 0-62 mph test since he was in Canada and 100km was as close to 60 as he could get.)

    Grant Davis
    Grant Davis
    Grant Davis is the Marketing Manager for TFLcar. Since 2006, he's found himself in the driver's seat of a more than 200 cars, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, and the occasional watercraft as a longtime writer for Outside Magazine/Outside online and other adventure-oriented media. He's based in Denver and has a love/hate relationship with his 11-year-old minivan.

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